“If the shoe fits, wear it.” とは、どんな意味? 英語の格言から学ぶ



If the cap fits, wear it.


Today’s Proverb (今日のことわざ)

“If the shoe fits, wear it.”


Origin or Interpretation(起源ないし解釈)

This proverb encourages self-reflection and acceptance of criticism or praise that is relevant to one’s situation. It implies that if a comment or situation is applicable to someone, they should acknowledge it rather than denying or ignoring it. The saying emphasizes the importance of being honest with oneself and taking responsibility for one’s actions and characteristics.


Example 1(例示1)

When Sarah received feedback about her communication skills, instead of getting defensive, she considered the advice. If the shoe fits, wear it, she thought, and she took steps to improve her communication style.


Example 2(例示2)

John overheard a conversation about teamwork, and he realized that some points applied to his own behavior. If the shoe fits, wear it, he thought, and he decided to be more collaborative and supportive in the workplace.


Example 3(例示3)

During a performance review, Maria received both positive and constructive feedback. She acknowledged areas where improvement was needed, realizing that if the shoe fits, wear it. Maria developed a plan to address the feedback and enhance her professional skills.



  1. Defensive
    • 発音記号: /dɪˈfɛnsɪv/
    • 品詞: adjective
    • 意味: 防御的な、守りに入る
    • 例文: Getting defensive during a discussion can hinder open communication.
      • 「議論中に防御的になることは、オープンなコミュニケーションを妨げる可能性があります。」
  2. Collaborative
    • 発音記号: /kəˈlæbərətɪv/
    • 品詞: adjective
    • 意味: 協力的な
    • 例文: A collaborative approach often leads to innovative solutions.
      • 「協力的なアプローチは、しばしば革新的な解決策につながります。」
  3. Constructive
    • 発音記号: /kənˈstrʌktɪv/
    • 品詞: adjective
    • 意味: 建設的な
    • 例文: Providing constructive feedback helps individuals improve their performance.
      • 「建設的なフィードバックを提供することは、個人がパフォーマンスを向上させるのに役立ちます。」
  4. Acknowledged
    • 発音記号: /əkˈnɒlɪdʒd/
    • 品詞: verb
    • 意味: 認める、受け入れる
    • 例文: She acknowledged her mistake and apologized for the confusion.
      • 「彼女は自分のミスを認め、混乱のために謝罪しました。」
  5. Enhance
    • 発音記号: /ɪnˈhæns/
    • 品詞: verb
    • 意味: 向上させる、強化する
    • 例文: Professional development programs aim to enhance employees’ skills and knowledge.
      • 「職業的な成長プログラムは、従業員のスキルと知識を向上させることを目指しています。」